Which widely-played sport has the most active players globally?

By widely-played, I mean played in at least ten countries.

By players, I mean both professional and amateur players who play in an organised competition.

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    How do you define "play it". Recreationally; apart of a team in a league; once a year? – Nick May 13 '15 at 12:56
  • Right comment up for you. Both: pro and amateur – Ale May 13 '15 at 13:58
  • I've had a go at narrowing it and making it more concise. Let me know if I've changed the question too much. – Reinstate Monica 2331977 May 18 '15 at 11:35
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    Are you asking for team sports or team and individual players/sports? – Don_Biglia May 18 '15 at 13:16
  • @Don_Biglia Right comment up also for you. Both: team and individual sports – Ale Aug 6 '15 at 15:34

This list appears to be quite a definitive list and is more or less where I'd expect it to be in terms of the top 10.

Stating Soccer as the most played and (mainly because of the massive player numbers on the sub-continent) Cricket at number 2.

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    That's a good find, but it looks like the list is ranking number of fans (determined by which sports are the most watched), not number of players. Although, the two stats are probably correlated somewhat. – Ben Miller - Remember Monica May 20 '15 at 15:30
  • This image twitter.com/Amazing_Maps/status/630470784205619200/photo/1 confirm that football is the sport with the most spectator with the large majority so it is also the sport with more players – Ale Aug 14 '15 at 8:21

Baseball. What else could it be?

  • Could you provide some references for this answer? It seems unlikely to me to be true given the limited geographic distribution of baseball - how many Chinese and Indians play baseball? – Philip Kendall May 14 '15 at 7:32

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